Missouri Minute: Columbia ordinance limits hours for bars; Jefferson County mask ordinance revoked

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Columbia and Boone County have ordered restaurants and bars to stop selling alcohol at 9 p.m. and close at 10 p.m. in a move aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus, which has surged in the county over the last two weeks. The county has set daily records for new confirmed cases of COVID-19 four times in 14 days, including 131 new cases on Friday. The order also includes restrictions on crowd sizes. St. Louis Lambert International Airport is taking its own new steps to combat the spread of the virus by installing vending machines that sell personal protective equipment like masks and gloves. And in the Kansas City area, two former executives of Sporting Kansas City want to redevelop the site of the shuttered Schlitterbahn waterpark into a $330 million multi-sport complex.

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Columbia health ordinance limits hours for bars, restaurants
An ordinance announced and enacted Friday prohibits alcohol sales in bars and restaurants after 9 p.m. and requires those establishments close by 10 p.m. Curbside pickup and delivery will be allowed to continue after that time. (Columbia Missourian)

Redevelopment of Schlitterbahn waterpark proposed
Two former Sporting Kansas City executives want to renovate the site of the shuttered Schlitterbahn waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas, into a multi-sport complex that includes retail, office and entertainment space. The project would cost about $330 million. (Kansas City Star)

Jefferson County mask ordinance revoked
County health officials voted to revoke the mask order one day after they enacted the measure, due to concerns that the public had not been properly notified of the ordinance. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

State seeking company to run prison health care
Gov. Mike Parson’s administration is seeking a company to provide health care services in Missouri’s prison system, which involves a taxpayer-funded contract potentially worth more than $1 billion. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Greene County releases more CARES Act funding
The County Commission announced the first round of small business grants from CARES Act funding. In total, it dispersed $10 million to businesses, taxpayer-supported organizations, health care organizations and schools. (Springfield Business Journal)

St. Louis airport offers PPE vending machines
St. Louis Lambert International Airport has installed multiple machines offering personal protective equipment items such as masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer. (St. Louis Business Journal)

LEANLAB Education awards grants to Black and Latinx innovators
The Kansas City education nonprofit awarded a total of $50,000 in seed grants to 19 Black and Latinx recipients working on bettering education for Kansas City children. (Startland News)

Developer targets 2021 completion of KC tower renovation
A Washington-based firm plans for 222 apartments and retail space inside the historic Mark Twain Tower in downtown Kansas City. Interior demolition is already complete. (Kansas City Business Journal)

Say that again

“Early-stage companies are the backbone of the economy. If we don’t focus on them, we all will lose.”

Lesa Mitchell, managing director of Techstars Kansas City, said that during the startup accelerator’s virtual demo day on Thursday. Nine businesses completed their three-month stint in the program with the virtual pitch event. Techstars, which operates accelerator programs around the world, took a one-year hiatus from Kansas City last year, and it pivoted to a remote program this year when the pandemic hit. The latest Kansas City cohort featured businesses focused on solving “real problems,” Mitchell said.

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That is how much the population of St. Louis decreased annually between 2014 and 2019, making it America’s fastest-shrinking city during that time, according to a report from AdvisorSmith, a provider of business insurance research. The report looked at cities with at least 250,000 residents, and St. Louis saw the sharpest five-year population decline among those cities. Kansas City ranked No. 36 among the fastest-growing cities, according to the report, growing at an annual rate of about 1%. Cities in the South and West saw the fastest growth, while the Midwest and Northeast accounted for most of the fastest-shrinking cities.

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If you take a scroll through this Twitter thread from KCUR reporter Gina Kaufmann, you will see the buildup of e-commerce packaging, takeout containers and pizza boxes that those stuck at home have been accumulating more quickly than normal. Kansas Citians produced 5,000 more tons of trash from May through July than they did during the same period last year, an increase of 20%. That’s due in part to reusable items such as cups and grocery bags being discouraged during the pandemic. Some who are passionate about sustainability and reuse are concerned about the increase in trash.

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Builders Botanical Gin

The gin, made by Restless Spirits Distilling Co. in North Kansas City, was awarded a double gold medal, the highest ranking at the 2020 New York International Spirits Competition. The brand was one of only four gins to earn the ranking, and the only one from the U.S., the Kansas City Business Journal reports. Restless Spirits was founded in 2016 by the husband-and-wife team of Michael and Benay Shannon.

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